Presentation Night Results-Niall Morton Riders Rider Of The Year-Transfer News

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Updated: December 12, 2018

Sheffield Stars held their annual Presentation at The Gardeners Rest, Neepsend Lane, with over 30 members in attendance. Top award, The Harry Pearson Rider of the Year went to Niall Morton. Niall had his best season ever in Stars colours in 2018, finishing top of the Sheffield Northern League One averages and picking up a Silver medal in the Northern League Senior Individual (losing in a run-off with Jake Slight at Edinburgh). Ironically, Jake will be one of Niall’s teammates in 2019, Niall having signed to race for Edinburgh Falcons while he completes a four-year stint at Edinburgh University. Laura Watson was presented with the Margaret Birks Ladies Rider of the Year, her third win in the category (giving her the most wins after going above double winner Ellie Sullivan). Laura had a fine season that included picking up a silver medal in the European Women’s Final, losing a run-off for gold against Poole’s Macie Schmidt, and leading the North and Scotland/East and South East Region to the Women’s League Title.  The Wosskow Brown Junior Rider of the Year was presented to Kielan Burton. Kielan has had a fantastic year. He finished as the Stars top scorer in Northern League Two (just two points shy of being the League’s leading scorer), won the Northern League under 16 Title and won silver medals in the British under 14 Individual, BY&JL under 14 Grand Prix and the Northern under 16 Grand Prix. Culmination of all that success was a call up to attend the first British Junior Academy camp at Leicester in October. Other presentations were made to Steven Webber (Most Improved rider), who has gone from a pure novice to holding down a team berth in the Northern League Division Two side (some good scores attained on the top of a never say die attitude). James Morris picked up the Rookie of the Year award, with a season that started slowly and snowballed into a very impressive first year of racing. James’s improvement coincided with the purchase of a new Archie Wilkinson Bike; he finished the year some excellent scores in the Northern League Two, impressed in the Northern 4’s League and won bronze in the Northern under 13 Grand prix series (winning the final round with a superb 16-point maximum). The Junior Volunteer of the Year was presented to Niamh Morton, who expertly runs the Club Shop on home match days. Before changing into her race gear for the League Two match. Niamh also contributed to the Morton family winning the Steve Pearson Clubman of the Year. Niall and Ed help with coaching, referee duties and team managing on match days and training. Emily keeps everyone updated with British Cycling and League News as well as running the Club Shop, producing the match day programme, first aiding on match days and developing Women’s racing in the North and Scotland region. Luke is a mainstay of the Northern League One and Two teams, provides first aid on match days as well as setting up and taking down equipment on match days. Ferries most of the team around the country on match days and is the main coach for training at the Graves, with additional coaching at Cookson.

Other award winners were:

Adam Watson – Northern League One top scorer and most assists

Niall Morton – Northern League One top average

KIelan Burton – Northern League top scorer

Luke Morton – Northern League Two top average

Niamh Morton – Northern League Two most assists

James Morris – Northern League Three top scorer

The Presentation included a Music Quiz, expertly prepared by MC Chris Bingham, with the honours of taking the Quiz Crown of Champions going to the Watson family, ably assisted by Tom Bewick and Emily Morton.

The future of the Club was represented with Edward and Erin Balfour attending, along with Charlie Priest. All of whom made encouraging debuts in the BYJL and Little League competitions.

 

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Laura Watson has accepted the post of Club Captain for 2019, taking over the post from Ed Morton. Laura will combine the Club Captain role with that of leading the Northern League Two side.

Stars management have been delighted to see Richard Hudson attending the Indoor training sessions at Concord Leisure Centre. The two-time British under 16 Indoor Champion (2012 and 2013) was a surprise attendee at the first indoor session. He returned for the second session and seems highly likely to make a return to help the Sheffield team’s quest for Indoor glory at the British Championships, being staged in Coventry on the weekend of 5th and 6th January 2019. A full return to racing has been discounted by Richard, but it is great to see the stylish rider back in the saddle.

 

*** TRANSFER NEWS ***

With Sheffield unable to provide First team racing in 2019, two of the Stars heat leaders have reluctantly sought new clubs to progress their career paths. Ed Morton will join his brother Niall in becoming an Edinburgh Falcon, though Sheffield are hopeful of retaining the World Junior Number 4’s services to compete in the Northern Fours League on a loan basis. Adam Watson, who qualified for his debut British Open Final in 2018, leaves to join Coventry Sabres (a team he rode for in the final Elite League Season in 2016). Manchester based Adam has attained many British and European podium places while in his ten years as a Sheffield rider. The Stars management wish both riders every success as they start a new journey.

On a positive note Sheffield are looking to tie down a return to the Stars for Kyle Holland. The Scotland International left the Stars in 2016, and has won back to back Northern League One titles with Astley & Tyldesley. Kyle though has maintained links with Sheffield. He is a regular attendee at training sessions, competes in the local Go Ride racing, and assists with the Clubs School involvement.

 

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